Power Authority Closes Lower Reservoir To Recreational Boaters

Paul DeMichele
(914) 390-8186

August 31, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has restricted all recreational boating and shoreline fishing at the lower reservoir at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pump Storage Power Project due to the large amount of floating and submerged debris, resulting from the severe flooding from Tropical Storm Irene’s record rainfall.

The lower reservoir will be reopened when it is determined that conditions are safe for recreational use.

The Blenheim-Gilboa project’s upper reservoir, located on Kingsley Road in the Town of Gilboa, remains open to non-motorized boating, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m daily. Permit holders are required to call 800-FOR-NYPA (800-367-6972), extension 6364, the day before they intend to use the upper reservoir. Boaters must stop at the South Gate on Valenti Road to notify NYPA security personnel before entering.

The upper reservoir may be closed to boating at any time at the Power Authority’s discretion.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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